Dr. Panitch called me on Thursday evening to tell me about the results of the MRI. He suggested that we try plasmapheresis since the steroid treatments and the IVIG hadn't worked. Antibodies are transported in the plasma, so the theory is that, by removing my plasma, the antibodies that have been attacking my nerves would be removed as well. I was admitted that night.
My understanding was that I would be admitted for a couple of days to see how I reacted to the treatment, and then be discharged to finish the remaining treatments as an outpatient. Before anything could be started, however, I had to have an Ash Split inserted into my chest for the procedures. When I was admitted on Thursday night, I was told that this would be put in early the next day. Unfortunately, I had to wait until late afternoon on Friday for this to happen. At this point it was too late to start plasmapheresis, so I would have my first treatment on Saturday morning.